Earlier this week Dean was in Des Moines, Iowa, meeting with gays and lesbian voters. When asked about the meeting afterward, Dean claimed that it was the first gay and lesbian event he had participated in in a year. Perhaps he wasn’t aware the story would get outside the state.
Regardless Dean, who has accused other candidates as well as the president of lying, clearly lied, knowing full well he has attended fundraisers and spoken to groups of almost exclusively gay, lesbian, and transgender supporters in New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and San Francisco within the past four months.
In fact, Dean’s own campaign heavily promoted his appearance in New York, where it claimed Dean was the first mainstream Democratic candidate to appear at such a far-left gay, lesbian, and transgender meeting. Dean himself has made much of the fact that he was using such groups to help him finance what was then seen as a third-tier presidential run.
“Clearly Dean thinks he has a better shot of winning than he did five months ago, and he’s embarrassed and fearful of his close ties to the gay and lesbian community,” says a campaign staffer for Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry. Recall that Kerry has been criticized by Dean over the past two weeks for supposedly stealing Dean’s best lines.
“Dean should be ashamed of himself,” says the Kerry campaign staffer. “If you get into bed with a group like these people and use them for your own political purposes, you should at least stick by them until someone calls you on it. Dean’s running away from the gays before anyone has raised it as an issue.”
Dean’s staff, for its part, has not commented on its candidate’s attempt to distance himself from a voting bloc he has spent months scrupulously courting. But now that Dean has so publicly lied about his meetings, look for gay groups to be more resistant to being used by Dean for his political ends.p> HILLARY’S CAPTIVE READERS br> Now that Sen.
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